Our Team

Providing women with the most comprehensive midwifery care available in Omaha.

Erin Lavin

Certified Nurse Midwife

My journey to becoming a midwife was a very long road. I was born and raised a military brat and grew up in several locations around the country. My family moved to Omaha when I was in high school and I graduated from Bellevue East in 2000. When I first started college, I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist. After a few scary chemistry classes and a desire to have contact with patients, I changed my major to nursing. I knew that I loved pregnancy and babies so I set out to work as a labor and delivery nurse. I attended nursing school at Iowa Western and the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!). Soon after graduating, I decided I wanted to go to graduate school to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. After spending time with some wonderful midwives at work, I decided to change my degree to midwifery. I am SO glad that I changed as I love taking care of pregnant women, being there at the time they welcome their new babies, and establishing relationships with them that extend beyond pregnancy.

I graduated from midwifery school in 2011. I took a job in Waterloo, Iowa where another midwife and I were hired to be the first providers in a clinic that was managed by the hospital. Many of our patients did not know what a midwife was or how they could benefit from having one. After a short while, word got out that we were there and our practice grew quickly. Since I have a young family, I had to examine other options that would allow me to balance my love for my job and my love for being a mama. I joined Marilyn, Cece, Amanda, and Bridget in March of last year and I love being part of a big group that has many years and different types of experience.

My husband Josh and I have been married for ten years. We have two beautiful children- a son, Morgan and a daughter, Hayden. We also have two fur babies, Zeus and Perseus.

Marilyn Lowe

Certified Nurse Midwife

My nursing career started after graduating from Lincoln General School of Nursing in 1974. My first job was at the VA hospital in Lincoln. What I quickly learned was that med-surg was not my interest, but OB was. I went on to get a BSN from Union College in 1978 and started working in OB after that. I taught at Bryan School of Nursing labor/delivery, postpartum/newborn until 1984. I finished my MSN at UNMC and we moved to Omaha. I started teaching at Creighton School of Nursing in OB in 1984. In 1986 I was given an opportunity to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist in OB at Methodist Hospital. I continued in that job role until 1994 when Methodist Hospital sent me to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

I have been a nurse-midwife since 1996. I worked at Physicians Clinic Women’s Center since 1997 until this new venture. Over the years having worked labor/delivery, postpartum/newborn, and in a teaching role, I have felt I was only seeing a woman and her family in a limited capacity. What I love most about the role of CNM is that it combines all these areas. I now can see a woman for GYN care, go on to deliver her baby, and see her for her postpartum visits. I can have a greater impact on her and her family’s health care by the relationships that develop over time. I love teaching, and every day that’s a major portion of what I do: teach women about their health.

I have been married for 42 years to my husband Mitchell, I have two daughters and son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. I love to travel and read. I am very lucky to have one of the bests jobs there is, caring for women and their families.

Amanda Lura

Certified Nurse Midwife

My love and interest for nursing began in my family home. My mom was a nurse and worked in postpartum/gynecology. I remember hearing her stories about “helping mommies and babies” and I knew it was something I wanted to do one day. I’ve always been a “nurturer” and from day one knew that nursing was what I was meant to do.

While completing my prerequisite classes at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln I took a job in Labor and Delivery at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. I worked there as a patient registrar, registering patients that came in to have their baby. During my time there I fell in love with birth. I decided I’d take some courses and become a doula. I worked as a volunteer doula while I was finishing nursing school.

After graduating from nursing school I worked for a year at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a postpartum nurse. I loved it, but knew that I wanted to be around labor and birth. I decided to get away for a while and moved to Phoenix, Arizona and became a labor and delivery nurse. This job taught me so much. It was fast paced and intense…and very medically driven. It was frustrating at times as I was torn between the medical model of care and normal birth which I had become accustomed to as a doula After doing this for a few years, I decided to move home to settle down close to my family.

I began working at UNMC in labor and delivery here in Omaha. There, I met an awesome group of midwives. It was these midwives that encouraged me to go back to school and fulfill my dream. After 11 years as a labor and delivery nurse, I agreed, it was probably time for something more. I graduated from Frontier School of Midwifery in June of 2013.

I have been married for three years to my wonderful husband, Jason. We have two really cute kids Hudson and Maryn, born 16 months apart. Craziness….but I love it!

I truly believe that midwifery was Gods calling for my life and find it a great honor and privilege to be a part of one of life’s greatest miracles.

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